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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for Solar, Zoning Changes

The bylaws related to zoning, marijuana production and sales, and large-scale solar installations have been developed over the past 18 months with aid from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. The process was funded through a local technical assistance grant — part of the town's Community Compact — that runs out on Dec. 31.

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Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'

Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school. Homeowners have been struggling with sticker shock over the controversial $19 million school project. While it's generally recognized the 50- to 40-year-old school building is in dire need of repair, the thought of shelling out $350,000 a year over the next 40 years has a lot of residents seeking a "Plan B."

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Lanesborough to Join Mosquito Control Project

A mosquito control program will start in the spring following an affirmative vote at Tuesday's special town meeting. Lanesborough becomes the ninth town the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project will operate in. The state-backed agency focuses on reducing mosquito populations and monitoring for infectious disease outbreaks.

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Williamstown Town Meeting OKs Police Station Land Purchase, Zoning Bylaws

Voters OK’d the $300,000 acquisition of .42 acres on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7), including the building that used to be the Turner House for veterans. When the non-profit Turner House announced its plan to suspend operations, the town in October 2016 the site as a potential site to replace the crowded and inadequate home for the Williamstown Police Department at Town Hall.

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Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools. In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday

At contemporaneous town meetings in each community, residents will be asked whether to consolidate the three schools of the Tri-District into a single, expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District. If they do so, the current practice of electing a separate school committee for each elementary school will be a thing of the past, and the budgets for both preK-6 schools will be incorporated into a single spending plan that voters will be asked to approve each spring at Annual Town Meeting.

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Clarksburg Town Officials Set Information Sessions for School Project

Town officials have set three more information sessions on the borrowing for the $19 million school project to be revoted on Saturday, Nov. 18. The sessions will all begin at 6 p.m. and take place in the elementary school cafeteria/gym on Monday, Nov. 6; Tuesday, Nov. 7; and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Postcards with that information are being mailed to every household in town.

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Williamstown Selectmen Delay Recommendation on School Regionalization

The Board of Selectmen on Monday finalized the warrant for a long-planned Nov. 14 special town meeting but deferred making a recommendation on what promises to be the meeting's most contested question until the night before.

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Lanesborough Again Considering Joining Mosquito Control Project

Lanesborough voters will be asked a second time if the town should join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. At November's special town meeting, voters will be asked to first sign onto the project and second to spend $4,500 to allow the project to get the preliminary work done in the spring - to be ready for the peak of mosquito season.

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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization

The Finance Committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station — questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.

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Clarksburg Sets Saturday Town Meeting for School Project Revote

The Select Board on Wednesday night set the date for the special town meeting, which was prompted by a citizens' petition that garnered nearly 300 signatures after the first vote failed to reach two-thirds passage by one vote.

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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools. But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.

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Clarksburg Officials Accept Citizens' Petition for School Project Revote

Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project. Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.

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Lanesborough Selectmen See Special Town Meeting Articles.

Before Town Manager Paul Sieloff walked the Selectmen through the nine potential town meeting articles Monday, Planning Board member Jamie Szczepaniak went over the zoning changes that will be on the town warrant.

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Clarksburg to Decide School Project Borrowing Wednesday

Voters will decide on Wednesday whether to move forward with a $19 million project to modernize the 50-year-old elementary school — and take on the 40 years of debt that go with it.

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Williamstown Fire District Sets Date for Special Meeting on Land Purchase

The Williamstown Prudential Committee on Wednesday set Oct. 24 as the date for a special Fire District meeting to decide whether to purchase a 3.7-acre parcel on Main Street.

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Cheshire Passes School District Budget by Comfortable Margin

Cheshire voters on Monday agreed to fund the regional school budget, ending months of mounting anxieties over the consequences of not having a school budget in place. The second time was the charm at Monday's special town meeting scheduled solely to vote on the town's $3.1 million assessment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.

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Cheshire Selectmen Set Special Town Meeting Warrant

The Selectmen approved a special town meeting warrant on Tuesday with a single article on which hangs the fate of the $19.2 million Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget. Town Administrator Mark Webber said he crafted the warrant article that will give the town another chance on July 17 to pass its regional assessment of $2.7 million for fiscal 2018.

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Cheshire Will Try to Pass Regional School Budget in July

The Selectmen have tentatively scheduled a special town meeting on Monday, July 17, to try again to pass the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget. Officials met with School committee Chairman Paul Butler on Tuesday night to figure out the next steps in the budget process and with coming deadlines, both they and Butler agreed it would be prudent to have a budget in place sooner than later.

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Clarksburg Approves Measures to Close $250K Deficit

Voters passed three articles at Wednesday's special town meeting that will bring the budget into balance and allow tax bills to finally go out. The town is dealing with a $249,992.06 deficit because of an accounting error and higher-than-expected charges from the state.

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Clarksburg Special Town Meeting Set to Fix 2017 Budget

Voters will be asked to cut a total of $93,916 out of the town budget with four months left in the fiscal year. Another $71,000 will be taken from a line item approved last year to pay off the library construction loan and $85,000 will be taken from the stabilization account.

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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting to Fix Budget Gap

The Select Board has set a special town meeting for Wednesday, March 15, to address a $250,000 budget gap for fiscal 2017. Voters will be asked to cut a total of $93,916 out of the town budget with four months left in the fiscal year. Another $71,000 will be taken from an line item approved last year to pay off the library construction loan and $85,000 will be taken from the stabilization account.

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Cheshire Water Superintendent Gets Truck

Town meeting finally passed an article that would allow the town to purchase a truck for the water department superintendent. Voters gathered Tuesday for a second special town meeting to decide one article: to spend $34,750 to buy a truck with a plow for the water department. This time a recommendation from the water users was attached to the warrant article and the purchase of a new three-quarter ton truck sailed through with little resistance.

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Lanesborough Voters Debate Wisdom of High School Project

A combative special town meeting on Tuesday rehashed decades-old animosities and looked ahead to a momentous vote scheduled for March 15 on the Mount Greylock Regional School building project. With considerable aplomb, Moderator Robert Reilly shepherded a more than three-hour debate punctuated by conflicting sets of "facts," personal attacks, catcalls and bursts of applause.

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Lanesborough Sets Special Town Meeting For Feb. 23

The Board of Selectmen set the special town meeting for Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. There will only be two articles, with one of them not having a vote. The first question authorizes the Board of Selectmen to acquire easements to move a project to replace the Narragansett Avenue bridge and the other is on the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School project.

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